I have a confession to make: I don't really do sneakers. And before you roll your eyes and dismiss me as a heel-wearing, high-maintenance fashionista, let me assure you that I am all about the flats, whether it's ballet pumps, Chelsea boots, loafers or brogues. Practicality has always been a priority. I've always admired girls who manage to pull off the whole "laid-back with a sportswear twist" look, but I've always felt my best when my outfits have more polish, and that generally means a smarter shoe style.
Yet something has shifted this year. As I was browsing this season's street style shots, I noticed quite a few influencers stepping out in Converse. But, we're not talking the skinny jeans–and–band tee pairings that pervaded our teenage years—rather elegant, grown-up get-ups. The effect is startlingly chic. Dad trainers? Slightly unwieldy and aggressive-looking. Supergas? A tad too simple. Converse? They offer the perfect middle ground, as they look cool in a retro-inspired way, yet they're classic enough to go with almost everything in your wardrobe. Plus, they're just what I want to throw on when I'm popping to the shop when working from home.
Just check out the fashion girls below, who wear theirs with everything from midi skirts to white jeans. Who knows? Maybe I am a trainer person after all. Scroll down to see and shop my favourite Converse outfits.